What are Hangouts On Air?
Hangouts On Air is one of the latest additions to Google+. As you most-likely know, Google+ Hangouts is an exciting video chat platform that Google rolled out in 2011. You can have up to 10 people in a Google+ Hangout and all ten are connected together through audio and video. Since then they have gone to launch Hangouts On Air, which lets you broadcast your Hangout to the world. So even though you can only have 10 people in a Hangout, with Hangouts On Air, you can broadcast your Hangout and anyone with the link can watch. This is a fantastic tool for meetups, meetings, trainings, and the like. You are even able to use screencast to show your computer screen to your viewers, allowing you to take advantage of a powerpoint presentation. It’s very similar to your own online webinar.
How are Hangouts On Air Different from Webinars?
Like a webinar, Hangouts On Air are a great way to get people to view a live interview, training, or presentation; however, there are some very noticeable downfalls. Unlike in most webinar software, you don’t have a registration page to invite attendees, know if they attended, and the ability to follow up with them afterwards. You also do not have the ability to interact with all of your viewers who are participating by watching your Hangout On Air. Of course, you can interact with up to 10 in the actual Hangout, but what about all your other viewers? Some will create a Twitter handle or hashtag for viewers to ask questions over on Twitter, but that just doesn’t quite have the close feel of a normal webinar. Not to mention, you’re going to really need a tech savy audience for that to be a success. You don’t get the chat, Q&A, and raising of hands like other top webinar services provide. So basically, they can watch, but don’t have the real ability to plugin and participate with those in the Hangout.
Using Your Hangouts On Air as Interactive Webinars with Webinars OnAir
Webinars OnAir is an app for Hangouts that adds lots of interactive features to let you engage with your audience. By adding Webinars OnAir, you are able tobridge that lonely gap of your viewers just watching you to actually participating with you in the Hangout. And by leveraging the Hangouts On Air platform, Webinars OnAir is able to bring it to you at a much lower price than your traditional webinar solution. They also have some great monetization features that help you to monetize your Hangouts. Just think if you could convert more of your viewers into clients and customers, or how much more money you could make by easily being able to charge someone for attending one of your Hangout On Air broadcasts, no techie skills required.
If you’re looking for a way to add more audience interactivity to your Hangouts On Air or a way to help you monetize them, you will definitely want to take a look at Webinars OnAir. It’s a great way to turn your Hangouts into Webinars.